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Three Utah residents arrested after assault

Sometimes arguments and disagreements can get out of hand. The Unified Police Department was called to the scene of a disagreement that got out of hand last week. It is always best to settle differences without using violence. That wasn't the case at a Magna home where three were arrested, and one person is sought for charges of aggravated assault.

Two men are in critical condition after four people stabbed and assaulted them in front of a Magna home. The UPD classify the two male's health as improving. The altercation occurred when the two victims pulled into the driveway of the home. They questioned the people outside why they were there and it escalated quickly to violence with the two men being stabbed multiple times.

Understanding Fraud

When people think of criminals they often think of shady characters lurking in the night. Many would never envision a business man in an office somewhere. This is the reality of fraud, one of the most common business crimes. Fraud is the act of misrepresentation in order to make a financial gain. Fraud is usually classified as a felony crime but Utah has its own state statutes governing and defining fraud.

Types of fraud are classified by how the person is defrauded. Fraud can occur by phone, mail, wire transfer or internet. There are several types such as identity theft, wire fraud, telemarketing fraud and mail fraud. The specific charges associated with these types of crimes vary and are governed by Utah law.

Utah Highway Patrol find pot, proof of forgery -- 2 arrested

Routine traffic stops by police often reveal evidence of crimes other than why a suspect was pulled over. If an officer of the law has probable cause the officer may search the vehicle and any persons in question. Such was the case last week when a woman was pulled over by Utah Highway Patrol for a lane travel violation. After a search of the vehicle, the officer allegedly discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia along with several instances of forgery.

According to the officer when he approached the vehicle he claimed that he could smell both raw and burnt marijuana coming from the car. When he asked the two women in the vehicle for identification one woman's driver's license was expired and the other claimed she had never obtained one. The vehicle was rented to another person who wasn't present. The trooper then searched the vehicle where he allegedly discovered marijuana, drug paraphernalia and 163 fake American Express money orders each for $100 each.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

When accused of a crime it can be hard for most people to understand what is going on. A great place to start is understanding the basics about how charges are classified. There are levels within the court system that help to classify how serious a crime is. The types of crimes and the penalties at each level vary from state to state. However all states, including Utah, have three basic levels of offenses.

The first is called an infraction and it is the least serious of the three classifications. Infractions include parking tickets. The police see you do something wrong and hand you a ticket with instructions to pay a fine or how to set up a court date and contest the infraction.

Utah man's sexual assault charges reduced to 3rd degree

Anytime there is a case of sexual assault with a minor, it is a tough subject to talk about. However, those accused of sexual assault are not automatically guilty. The accused will have their day in court to tell that person's side of the story before a judge or jury. Recently, a Utah man's sexual assault charges against a minor were dropped from first-degree felonies to third-degree felonies.

The man was originally accused of kidnapping a minor at knife point at Frontrunner station, and forcing the boy to have sex over three days, sometimes at gun point. He was originally charged with four first degree felonies related to kidnapping and sexual assault, but they have since been dropped to three felony third degree counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. There is no news at this point why the kidnapping charge was dropped all-together.

Santa Clara man arrested on drug trafficking charges

Illicit drugs do not begin at the user. There is a complicated business plan involved in the drug trafficking process before the drug is distributed to the end user. These people could face criminal charges for drug crimes just like the people who use the drugs. A Santa Clara man was arrested after a police sting recorded several transactions involving heroin and methamphetamine.

This is called a controlled drug buy. It occurs when use an officer, or someone working on behalf of an officer, buys a controlled substances from an individual. In this case, police claim there were five recorded transactions of the Santa Clara man being in possession of and selling heroin or methamphetamine to the designated person. He was arrested and his bail was set at $51,000.

Man arrested after asking Salt Lake police for drug items

Truth is stranger than fiction, or so they say. When people are using illicit drugs, it can affect their thought processes and common sense. Salt Lake City police made an unusual arrest in the early morning on July 27 near 200 South and 500 West. The man has been arrested on suspected heroin possession, among other charges, but how he was discovered by police was very unusual.

Salt Lake City police officers were on foot speaking with a group on people when a man approached. The man allegedly asked the group for drug paraphernalia. When the group pointed out the officers, the man fled on foot. Police caught up with him shortly thereafter and made the arrest. He is now charged with several crimes including suspected heroin possession, failing to stop at the command of an officer and failure to provide personal information to officers. The suspect also has outstanding misdemeanor traffic violations and DUI warrants.

Four arrested on charges related to Utah man's fiery death

Drug use and violent behavior are two things that tend to go hand-in-hand. When a person uses drugs it alters their thoughts and behavior. Sometimes these behaviors evolve into violent crimes. Such was the case at a known Utah drug house recently when four people were arrested in connection to a fire-related death of a man.

The home is a "known drug house" according to police. Two men and two women were arrested in relation to the man's death, which may be prosecuted as a felony crime. Police were called to the home as flames from a fire reached the attic level. After the flames dispersed, a man's body was discovered in the basement. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was smoke inhalation.

High-speed chase has man facing felony charges in Utah

A high-speed chase was the end of a series of alleged crimes last Christmas Eve. Recently, authorities charged a Utah man with five felony crimes related to the incident.

It all started with some alleged stolen tools from a Wal-Mart in Springville, according to the probable cause statement. It ended with the arrest of a Utah man after a high-speed car chase. During the chase, the suspect allegedly accelerated his vehicle toward two Wal-Mart security guards and slammed into two parked cars. The officer in pursuit lost sight of the vehicle but caught up with it after it hit another vehicle on I-15. The high speed chase ended in Wasatch County where the men in the vehicle were arrested.

Marijuana drug bust after routine traffic stop in Utah

Being in possession of illicit drugs has the potential for lifelong consequences. There is always a chance that a person will never face legal repercussions for engaging in illegal behavior. However, there is always a chance that the person's illegal behavior will be noticed by someone who can take action. Such was the case for man engaged in a routine traffic stop by a Utah police officer. The man is now facing charges related to felony crimes for marijuana possession.

Around 5:30 p.m. a man was pulled over near the Spanish Fork neighborhood in Utah for a routine traffic stop by the local police department. After the stop, a search of the vehicle turned up about 60 pounds of packaged marijuana. After this discovery, the police department was granted a search warrant for the driver's residence in Spanish Fork. That search and seizure turned up another large stash of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, illegal mushrooms and Ecstacy.

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